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Healthy Family: Making You and Yours Healthier Step By Step

Keeping your family as healthy as possible is one of the best investments you can make, but this process is much easier said than done. Busy schedules and constant temptations often result in fast food binges and other unhealthy habits. Here are some simple steps families can take to begin turning their lives around without making huge sacrifices.

Meal Prep on the Weekends

When it comes to improving one’s health, many people find that their diet is the most difficult thing to change. Instead of fast food and processed snacks, you and your family should try to prep most of your meals on the weekends. Cutting up a few vegetables and pre-cooking your meat on the weekends will allow you to make healthy and delicious meals in just a fraction of the time.

Start Scheduling Checkups Again

Scheduling annual checkups might seem like a hassle, but these appointments are extremely important. Professionals, like those at Family 1st Dental, know how important it is to maintain oral health. Regular visits with your dentist, doctor, and optometrist will help you and your family avoid common medical problems that many of us face. Some of these include: periodontal disease, tooth decay, vision problems, high blood pressure, obesity, and blood sugar fluctuations.

Turn the Electronics Off

Spending a little bit of time in front of computers and TV screens is not necessarily unhealthy, but many people become obsessed with their gadgets. This can be especially problematic for children who can actually develop addictions to their electronics. Every person in your family should have a strict time limit for how long they can spend in front of their screens each night.

Set Aside Time for One Another

The time that you spend with your loved ones can improve your emotional, psychological, and physical health. Heading outside to go for a walk or play a sport for an hour or two every week will burn calories and improve all of your relationships.

Disinfect as Much as You Can

Whenever your family members come home, they are going to be carrying new germs with them. At least once a day, you should use a mild disinfectant to clean common areas and items such as your kitchen counters and doorknobs. You should also deep clean your bedding, rugs, carpets, drapes, and other fabrics every month or two.

The final step in this process is to make sure that you are always trying to lead by example. When your spouse or children see you trying hard to change your habits, it might give them the inspiration they need to start making changes in their own lives.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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